2018: Game Recaps
Francisco Lindor’s All-Star push got another boost on Monday night as the shortstop went 2-for-4 with a pair of big homers, three runs scored, and seven runs batted in as the Cleveland Indians rolled the Kansas City Royals, 9-3, from Kauffman Stadium.
Lindor provided much of the punch for the Tribe as the offense was alive and well for a second straight game, one day after a 15-run, 20-hit explosion in the series finale with the Oakland A’s on Sunday. The big support gave Corey Kluber some room to relax on the mound in his first appearance since the shortest start of his big league career last week against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cleveland Indians used a Major League season-high 13 extra base hits and eleven doubles and scored in each of the last five innings in a 15-3 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon, avoiding a sweep at Oakland Coliseum.
The Indians narrowly missed matching the American League record for doubles in one game in a two-base onslaught against Oakland starter Frankie Montas and the A’s bullpen. The big scoring rally from the Tribe included eight runs in the eighth inning and hits from eight of the nine players in the starting lineup. The one player who did not record a hit, former A’s outfielder Rajai Davis, contributed a beautiful diving catch early and saw his late inning replacement, Tyler Naquin, record one of the team’s RBI hits from his spot in the lineup.
A 2-0 Tribe lead quickly turned into a 7-2 A’s blowout on Saturday afternoon as Oakland rattled off seven unanswered runs in a rout of Cleveland to claim a series win.
It was another one of those games for the Indians, whose road woes continued with an ugly loss in the Bay Area after holding an early lead against veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson, making his second start of the campaign. The two hits that led to both Tribe runs would be the only ones that Jackson would allow in six and two-thirds innings of work as he extended a long winning streak over the Indians to ten straight.
The Oakland Athletics remained hot, winning their eleventh game in their last 13 contests with a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
In a pitching matchup that favored the Indians, the Tribe offense was stymied by Oakland starter Paul Blackburn and the A’s bullpen. Trevor Bauer limited the A’s to just two runs over six and two-thirds innings, but the bats struggled to get going as the Tribe dropped their third game in the last four.
Looking to avoid the sweep in St. Louis, Cleveland called on rookie right-hander Shane Bieber on Wednesday and the 23-year-old delivered six innings of one-run baseball as the Indians defeated the Cardinals by a 5-1 final from Busch Stadium.
For the third straight start, Bieber did his best on the mound to put the Tribe in position for victory. Backed by some early offense and three perfect innings of relief behind him, the Indians (44-35) were able to get back into the win column after two rough losses to start their series in Missouri.
It was an unusual night again for Corey Kluber, as the right-hander was unable to make it through two innings in the shortest start of his Major League career on Tuesday night, giving up the first six runs in an 11-2 loss by the Cleveland Indians to the St. Louis Cardinals from Busch Stadium.
From the jump, something appeared to be off with Kluber as he struggled with early command, missing spots and landing in the middle of the zone and higher. He could not protect an early two-run lead put up by his offense in the first inning, giving up two home runs and six runs in total while getting the hook after just an inning and two-thirds of work.
Spot starter John Gant threw seven innings of one-hit shutout baseball and three bullpen teammates completed the job as the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Cleveland Indians on Monday, 4-0.
While interleague play has been favorable to the Indians this season, that was not the case in the series opener from Busch Stadium on Monday. Despite good records all-time against the Cardinals, the Indians first trip to the banks of the Mississippi since 2012 got off to a rough start as the offense could do little against Red Bird pitching.
Monday’s victory also marked a milestone occasion for the Cardinals (41-36), who won the 10,000th game in franchise history, the sixth team to reach that plateau.
Adam Plutko limited the Detroit Tigers to two runs in six quality innings of work and Cleveland bats piled on the runs again as the Indians completed back-to-back sweeps with a 12-2 win from Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.
Plutko got back to form with a much better outing on the mound, limiting the Tigers to just two fourth-inning runs. The Indians (43-33) lineup provided him with a steady stream of support, clobbering four home runs, as the team won its seventh straight game to close out its homestand.
If you haven’t started, it may be time to start considering Trevor Bauer as a legitimate American League All-Star candidate. He made another case for a trip to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, holding the Detroit Tigers to just a run on five hits in six and one-third innings of work in a 4-1 victory from Progressive Field.
For the fourth time this season, Bauer was on the mound against the second place Tigers, and the young Detroit club once again had no answers for the 27-year-old right-hander, who kept the opposition off balance and hacking away. With eleven strikeouts, Bauer notched his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the year and moved into a tie with Boston’s Chris Sale for the most strikeouts in the American League at 140.
Only early rains could slow down Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians on Friday night, as they opened the final series of their homestand with a 10-0 shutout of the Detroit Tigers.
A delay of one hour and 41 minutes at the outset was about all that would stand in the way of the Indians winning their fifth straight game as they breezed to a big win over the second place Tigers. Bieber set new personal bests with seven innings of scoreless work and nine strikeouts as he became just the third Indians pitcher since 1908 (Herb Score, Luis Tiant) to open his career with six strikeouts or more in his first three starts.
Corey Kluber earned his Major League leading eleventh win of the season with seven innings of one-hit baseball and the Indians offense erupted for a dozen runs of support in a 12-0 shutout of the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon from downtown Cleveland.
The Indians (40-33) swept the White Sox (24-49) for the second time this season while improving to 8-2 on the year against Chicago. Cleveland has won all six of its home contests with the Pale Hose this year and seven straight dating back to last October 1. The Sox, meanwhile, have dropped seven straight games to fall 16 games in back of the Tribe in the AL Central while hitting a new season-low mark of 25 games below .500.
Mike Clevinger retired 13 straight White Sox hitters after Chicago took an early lead and the Indians offense supported a starter for the second straight game with a half dozen runs as Cleveland held on for a 6-3 win from Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
The Indians (39-33) improved to 7-2 on the year against the rebuilding White Sox (24-48) and the 27-year-old Clevinger has been on the mound for three of those victories.
Making his second straight start against the White Sox and his first since striking out a career-high eleven Chicago hitters in a win last Thursday to earn a series split at Guaranteed Rate Field, Clevinger once again held court on the mound. He worked seven and two-thirds innings, allowing just one solo first inning run on five hits with a pair of walks and ten more strikeouts. In three starts against the Southsiders, Clevinger has surrendered just three earned runs in a span of 21 1/3 innings of work.